LUbuntu 12.04 Review
In the world of Linux, there are many distributions out there that one can choose from whilst Ubuntu is one of the most popular distributions out there. LUbuntu, is a LXDE based version of Ubuntu that is lightweight and focuses on speed and lower end systems.
The LXDE desktop is lightweight and plain compared to that of Ubuntu’s Unity Dekstop. There is no Unity task bar, nor HUD but it is still a nice desktop environment to use if having bells and whistles doesn’t matter.
As with any Ubuntu variant, you have the option of running as live distribution or to install it. For those who want to install it, installation was quite simple and straight forward and wasn’t too tasking. For those who have installed Ubuntu previously, there are no differences to the process; only color scheme has changed.
The software selection in LUbuntu is geared towards using as little resources as possible but without sacrificing quality. Normally in Ubuntu or KUbuntu you would see LibreOffice as your productivity suite but to keep on with the lightweight theme, Abiword and Gnumeric are your wordprocessor and spreadsheet applications respectively. There’s no Firefox installed in Lubuntu but we do get Chromium as our default browser. Sylpheed is our lightweight and fully functional email client.
What is also different in this lightweight distribution is that there is a scaled back version of the Ubuntu Software Centre where you can install, update and remove programs. As an alternative, Synaptic Package manager is also included.
LUbuntu might not be as popular as big brother Ubuntu, but one thing is for sure is that Ubuntu did change the face of the Linux landscape. Here we see a specialized version of Ubuntu with its lightweight desktop to make use of older hardware while keeping a full functioning distribution.
There’s no eye-candy here just pure simplicity at its finest which may be shocking to those who are accustomed to Ubuntu’s fancier desktop.
As a note, LUbuntu gets the standard 18 months of support as it is not a LTS (Long Term Support) certified distribution where support for this distribution is good for 5 years.